Leaf Peepers Half Marathon and 5K

Sunday, October 3, 2021

The Leaf Peepers Half Marathon and 5K are tentatively
scheduled for October 3, 2021 
Due to COVID-19 restrictions it may not be possible
to have these races in person this year.
More information will be posted here when it is available.

We are currently pursuing town permits in order to host Leaf Peepers, and we’re monitoring state mandated group size restrictions. We are anticipating an increase in group sizes soon and are planning to open registration on May 20, 2021, if all goes well!

Leaf Peepers Half Marathon has been a destination fall road race in Waterbury VT since 1984. Timed for optimal fall scenery, the course makes a loop through downtown Waterbury and then rolls along the Winooski river through Waterbury and Duxbury, with views of changing mixed hardwood leaves across the Green Mountains. The much loved River Road course was changed after Hurricane Irene, but we returned there in 2019. The majority of the Half Marathon course is well maintained dirt road after a few miles of pavement at the start, finishing on a short section of trail along the Cross VT trail. The race finishes on the historic VT state Horseshoe Facility lawn, right back where you started your journey. The 5k course is similar scenery and course, but with about half pavement, half dirt road and finishing over the same scenic section of trail.